Friday, May 30, 2014

SOS: Help Restoration Chapel Transform Lives for the Better

In May, CCC has been highlighting the Kingdom work done through Restoration Chapel, our featured Simple Opportunities to Serve (SOS) ministry. Restoration Chapel holds services, teaching and spiritual mentoring sessions at Cuyahoga Hills Youth Detention Center.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

God is in the business of transforming lives.

He meets us where we are. But, by His grace and power, He doesn’t leave us there. He transforms us so we are suitable for an abundant life focused on His will.

How does this work?

God works through His people volunteering at Restoration Chapel to bring the grace and power of His life-changing Gospel to the young men. 

An example?

The following are comments from a young man who regularly attended Restoration Chapel and has been released. These are excerpts from a note he wrote to his volunteer mentors he met at Restoration Chapel.

Lots of things have been going on here on my end – good and bad – but nothing I can’t handle (with God on my side, of course).’

“I started at a new school in a new city with all new faces, which has made my transition much easier, considering that I don’t have to come up with an explanation for my unexpected 18 month absence. I had to buy a whole new wardrobe because none of my clothes fit anymore. I don’t mind because that just reinforces my new beginning! I’m earning all A’s in my classes and I got a part in the school play.’

The young man goes on to compare his old perspective with his new, Gospel-powered one:

‘I refused to accept that there was a God because I saw how much evil there was in the world. But now I see that He was with me all along. I see that He has given me these talents so that I can have an effect on the people around me and hopefully changing their lives for the better. And it’s been you two and all of the other volunteers that have helped me realize and understand this. You truly changed my life! Thank you for all that you do. I am forever grateful.’

Amazing. How can I help share God’s love in this?

Pray: Sign up to be a prayer warrior for Restoration Chapel. You will receive a monthly email with three prayer requests or praises to lift up to God throughout the month. To sign up, email Barbara at: .

Give: Donate a new backpack or small duffle bag for the youth to have when they are released. They will be used for personal items or care packages with youth who will be going on to independent living. Email Richard White for more details at

Go: Attend a Wednesday night service at CHYDC from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Email Richard for further information at .

CCC's Richard White

To learn more about Restoration Chapel, go to: .

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